By Xavier Porter
June 10, 2020 (Brooklyn, NY)
Today’s announcement within the boxing world that current WBC and Lineal Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury and current Unified Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua have come to a to a financial agreement to face one another, in a two-fight deal, beginning in 2021, has the fight fans in a frenzy.
Before the Brits, the entire United Kingdom, and fans of boxing go crazy, there remains underlying factors to this proposed Undisputed Heavyweight Championship bout taking place:
- Joshua must defeat his next opponent, Heavyweight Title Contender Kubrat Pulev
- Fury must defeat former WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder in the scheduled rematch bout
Matchroom Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn says both rival world heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury “have agreed to the basics” of a deal to fight two times in 2021.
“We have agreed to the basics of the deal, a two-fight deal,” Hearn, who promotes Joshua, told ESPN.
“The hardest part is to agree to the financial element of the deal. We have agreed with Tyson Fury and the team, and we can now move forward with finalizing the smaller parts of the deal.”
“The good news for fight fans is that we have agreed to do the two fights and we can now go and dot the I’s and cross the T’s.”
“They also have fights in between to make and get through, and that’s another issue.”
At this point in time, there is no signed contract in place; everything is based off of word of mouth and by principle.
Venues are still being sought out and with the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus, we still don’t know how this fight, or many others before and in between, will play out.
What can be said and guaranteed on is that Wilder will not lay down and allow for these two mega-stars to take over the sport, of which he has dominated for many of years.
Wilder has since exercised his contractual right to an immediate third fight, which was planned for July until the coronavirus pandemic caused postponements and cancellations across the boxing world. That fight seems likely to happen late this year, as per Top Rank’s Bob Arum (Fury’s U.S. Promoter).
Wilder remains a viable threat to both fighters, no matter the tough loss that he endured against Fury, via his seven round TKO loss back in February.
Again, both Fury and Joshua have serious business to tend to before they can make the claim as the “Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.”
For Joshua, the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion, who defeated Andy Ruiz to regain his three belts after a shocking loss in June 2019, had his mandatory bout with Kubrat Pulev, scheduled for June 20, postponed because of the pandemic.
Fury is also due to face another Briton, Dillian Whyte, in a mandatory defense early in 2021.
If Joshua and Fury retain their titles, it would set the stage for a unified heavyweight champion for the first time in over 20 years.
Hearn said Fury-Joshua for all four world heavyweight titles would be the biggest fight in British boxing history and set pay-per-view records in the United Kingdom.
“It’s probably the biggest fight of all time for British sport,” Hearn told ESPN.
“There has been nothing to compare it to, and there never will be again.”
I beg to differ in the fact that this would be the biggest fight in the history of British Boxing.
But then again, what do I know? I’m not from the United Kingdom and I’m not British.
Frank Warren, who co-promotes Fury along Arum, told ESPN that a 50-50 split has been agreed to, but he downplayed the significance of Hearn’s comments and insisted no contract had been signed.
“It was always going to be a 50-50 deal and a rematch. Other than that, nothing has been agreed.”
The amount of money that both men can make from both fights is extraordinary and quite frankly, can start a families’ economic wealth for years and generations to come.
Before it’s all said and done, I’d like to put my money on the fact that Wilder will not allow others to step over “OUR PEOPLE” anymore and change the landscape of boxing and sports history forever.
Xavier Porter is the:
- Host and Producer of the multi-cultural podcast series: SHOOT THE FIVE WITH XAVIER PORTER
- Editor and Lead Writer: www.brooklynfights.com
- Boxing Analyst for: Facebook FIGHTNIGHTLIVE https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/
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